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COVID-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
We continue to thank all our members and visitors for their patience, and for continuing to keep our staff and visitors safe.

Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April

Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 7th April 2020

Highlights today included an overflying Tree Pipit and at least one Brambling in the pines behind the Observatory. The first singing Sedge Warblers were noted with at least two along the Broadwater edge and three Spoonbills flew west along the dunes mid morning.
The moth trap revealed Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Small Quaker and Grey Shoulder-Knot and Butterflies put in an appearance with Brimstone, Peacock and Green-veined White all recorded.

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Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels West Runton in cattle field by Beach Road mid morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wymondham at The Lizard in field by railway mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels West Runton in cattle field
Norfolk 9.Ring Ouzels Cawston Heath early a'noon
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew east over Weybourne Camp this morning +Spoonbill. Yellow Wagtail flew west
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Caister on west side this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Upton Marshes NWT
Norfolk Hooded Crow Cley +Great White Egret Jack Snipe White Wagtail
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Roydon Common NNR
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR at 8am
Norfolk Hooded Crow y'day Southrepps on NE side in field just east of Whitegates Road north of Gimingham Road TG.259.367
Norfolk Grasshopper Warbler singing east of Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marsh. Y'day Bittern flew north over Hellesdon at c11.15pm